Who Is Responsible For Sidewalk Accidents?

Sidewalk falls can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, torn ligaments or even brain damage from head impacts. If you were injured because of an unsafe sidewalk, you may have the right to seek compensation.

At the Law Offices of William W. Green & Associates in Anaheim, our lawyers represent people who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of property owners. This area of law is known as premises liability. Call 714-464-6903 for a free lawyer consultation.

Proving Negligence In Sidewalk Trip And Falls

Just because you tripped and fell does not mean that someone else was responsible. As long as the municipality did everything it was supposed to do to maintain the sidewalk, there is nothing the civil justice system can do for you. If the accident was caused by improper maintenance or some other kind of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

The following are examples of improper sidewalk maintenance:

  • Raised sections of sidewalk from tree roots or other causes
  • Sidewalks slabs that are sunken or out of level
  • Cracks that are wide enough to create a tripping hazard
  • Holes
  • Construction debris left on sidewalks
  • Falling branches or building materials
  • Slippery areas caused by faulty drainage

In California, the injured person has the burden of showing that the sidewalk was unsafe. As a result, it is important to take pictures of the unsafe condition before repairs are made. The sooner you contact our lawyers, the sooner we can help you document the unsafe condition and hold the responsible party accountable for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

For More Information About Municipal Liability And Sidewalk Accidents

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